Spruce Railroad Trail

Port Angeles, Washington

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During World War I, the strong and lightweight wood of Sitka spruce was considered an ideal material for manufacturing a newfangled machine with potential military applications known as an airplane. (You may have heard about them.) To collect this wood, a railroad was built on the northern Olympic Peninsula from the lumber mills at Port Angeles to the forests where the trees grew. The war ended just as construction was completed, but the railroad was still used for general logging purposes for several decades. Today, a portion of the old railroad bed has been converted into an extremely scenic trail along the north shore of Lake Crescent. In addition to offering frequent views of this enormous lake, the hiking is remarkably easy because the old railroad bed is nearly level.

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"During World War I, the strong and lightweight wood of Sitka spruce was considered an ideal material for manufacturing a newfangled machine with potential military applications known as an airplane. (You may have heard about them.) To collect this wood, a railroad was built on the northern Olympic Peninsula from the lumber mills at Port Angeles to the forests where the trees grew. The war ended just as construction was completed, but the railroad was still used for general logging purposes for several decades.

Today, a portion of the old railroad bed has been converted into an extremely scenic trail along the north shore of Lake Crescent. In addition to offering frequent views of this enormous lake, the hiking is remarkably easy because the old railroad bed is nearly level."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Port Angeles
Distance: 5.8
Elevation Gain: 250 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Spring-Fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly

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